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Video Rewind: Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, and Elton John go “Dancing in the Street”

on July 26, 2013, 6:05pm

jaggerbowie600 Video Rewind: Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, and Elton John go Dancing in the Street

Welcome to a new feature entitled Video Rewind. Every Friday, a CoS staffer shares a beloved video clip dug up from the depths of the Internet. Consider it a quick jaunt down memory lane via moving pictures. In honor of Mick Jagger’s 70th birthday, we look back at a star-studded performance of his David Bowie collaboration, “Dancing in the Street”.

At 70 years young as of today, Mick Jagger has worked with dozens of high profile musicians over his storied career with The Rolling Stones. He’s essentially the Cholula hot sauce of rock n’ roll; good on anything and never seems to lose that tangy kick that can make folks sweat. But from his early London basement shows with the Stones to their headlining performances at the 12-12-12 benefit and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concert, few of the performers to share the stage with Mick have ever been able to match his raw intensity and sex appeal.

Enter David Bowie, another enigmatic and impossibly sexual superstar who was also on a tear in the mid ’80s, collaborating with the likes of Iggy Pop, Nile Rodgers, and Tina Turner. For the Live Aid concert in London, Jagger and Bowie took Martha and the Vandella’s 1964 classic “Dancing in the Street” and updated it into a boisterous dance hit. The original plan to perform the song at two simultaneous Live Aid concerts — Bowie at London’s Wembley Stadium and Jagger at New York’s JFK Stadium — was scrapped for technical reasons and the song was instead recorded as a charity single that flew to the top of the UK and US charts.

But the loss of that live performance was not all for naught, when just several months later at the Trust Benefit put on by Prince, Bowie and Jagger joined Paul McCartney and Elton John on stage for a rollicking performance of said hit. With both men in suits seemingly stitched together from their mother’s drapes and tablecloth, they bounced around on stage and recreated the campy magic of the accompanying music video. The energy between Bowie and Jagger is palpable as they gesticulate their way across the stage. So much so, McCartney and Elton practically become part of the backing band out of obligation so the two can finally bring their dynamic duo act to life.

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